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Era 1 has 6 cargo engines, 2 passenger engines and 2 bonus engines. All engines in this era are named after animals.

SwallowRavenRhinocerosWhaleDonkeyFalconGreyhoundMoleCouplingEra 1 EnginesEra 2 EnginesEra 3 EnginesEra 4 EnginesEra 5 EnginesEra 6 EnginesRed kiteDragonflyTrain research tree for Era 1
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Cargo Engines[]

The first era has 8 (+ 2 bonus) engines. On the research screen, follow the solid line links of an engine's upgrades in order to have the next engine available. Not all upgrades for an engine need to be researched to unlock the next engine. The era 1 engines are researched in the sequence given below.

Usually the goal of this era is to reach one of the following. The Falcon is the best train overall in terms of profit/hour. The Mole is not too far behind.

For the USA servers, the Rhinoceros is the best train overall.

Swallow 
Era 1 Short-haul engine
Tractive force: 2 (MAX: 3)
Inlet pipe: +1 ๐Ÿ’ฒ10,000 7๐Ÿ’ก
Reliability: 50% (MAX: 70%)
Large steam dome: +20% ๐Ÿ’ฒ4,000 4๐Ÿ’ก
Acceleration: 14/20 (MAX: 18/20)
Steam header: +4 ๐Ÿ’ฒ2,000 4๐Ÿ’ก
Max. speed: 50 km/h (MAX: 60 km/h)
Safety valve: +10 km/h ๐Ÿ’ฒ5,000 5๐Ÿ’ก
Research points: 0 ๐Ÿ’ก (MAX: 20 ๐Ÿ’ก)
Purchase price: ๐Ÿ’ฒ15,000 (MAX:๐Ÿ’ฒ36,000)
Selling price: ๐Ÿ’ฒ10,500 (MAX:๐Ÿ’ฒ25,200)
Requirements: none
Research: Inlet pipe + Steam header (11 ๐Ÿ’ก) ยป Raven
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Schwalbe - ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ ะ›ะฐัั‚ะพั‡ะบะฐ - ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Hirondelle - ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Jaskรณล‚ka - ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Zwaluw - ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Vlaลกtovka - ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ/๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Golondrina - ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Rondine

Raven 
Era 1 All-rounder
Tractive force: 3 (MAX: 4)
Harris wheels: +1 ๐Ÿ’ฒ15,000 8๐Ÿ’ก
Reliability: 40% (MAX: 60%)
Compound steam: +20% ๐Ÿ’ฒ7,000 5๐Ÿ’ก
Acceleration: 5/20 (MAX: 7/20)
Deep inner fire box: +2 ๐Ÿ’ฒ4,000 3๐Ÿ’ก
Max. speed: 60 km/h (MAX: 70 km/h)
Ristics piston: +10 km/h ๐Ÿ’ฒ8,000 6๐Ÿ’ก
Research points: 10 ๐Ÿ’ก (MAX: 32 ๐Ÿ’ก)
Purchase price: ๐Ÿ’ฒ35,000 (MAX:๐Ÿ’ฒ69,000)
Selling price: ๐Ÿ’ฒ24,500 (MAX:๐Ÿ’ฒ48,300)
Requirements: Swallow + Steam header + Inlet pipe
Research: Harris wheels (8 ๐Ÿ’ก) ยป Rhinoceros
AND
Ristics piston (6 ๐Ÿ’ก) ยป Whale
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Rabe - ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ ะ’ะพั€ะพะฝ - ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Corbeau - ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Kruk - ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Raaf - ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Havran - ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ/๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Cuervo - ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Corvo

Rhinoceros 
Era 1 Sprinter
Tractive force: 2 (MAX: 3)
Grueling switch: +1 ๐Ÿ’ฒ40,000 10๐Ÿ’ก
Reliability: 30% (MAX: 50%)
Turner mounting: +20% ๐Ÿ’ฒ15,000 6๐Ÿ’ก
Acceleration: 10/20 (MAX: 14/20)
Fassl propulsion: +4 ๐Ÿ’ฒ10,000 6๐Ÿ’ก
Max. speed: 110 km/h (MAX: 130 km/h)
Nelson brake: +20 km/h ๐Ÿ’ฒ20,000 7๐Ÿ’ก
Research points: 20 ๐Ÿ’ก (MAX: 49 ๐Ÿ’ก)
Purchase price: ๐Ÿ’ฒ70,000 (MAX:๐Ÿ’ฒ155,000)
Selling price: ๐Ÿ’ฒ49,000 (MAX:๐Ÿ’ฒ108,500)
Requirements: Raven + Harris wheels
Research: Turner mounting (6 ๐Ÿ’ก) ยป Donkey
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Nashorn - ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ ะะพัะพั€ะพะณ - ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Rhinocรฉros - ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Nosoroลผec - ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Neushoorn - ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Nosoroลพec - ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ/๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Rinoceronte - ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Rinoceronte

Donkey 
Era 1 Traction giant
Tractive force: 4 (MAX: 6)
Cox piston: +1 ๐Ÿ’ฒ35,000 10๐Ÿ’ก
Large sand dome: +1 ๐Ÿ’ฒ30,000 8๐Ÿ’ก
Reliability: 20% (MAX: 40%)
Leaf spring: +20% ๐Ÿ’ฒ25,000 6๐Ÿ’ก
Acceleration: 2/20 (MAX: 3/20)
Best compound: +1 ๐Ÿ’ฒ25,000 7๐Ÿ’ก
Max. speed: 50 km/h (MAX: 60 km/h)
Smith braid: +10 km/h ๐Ÿ’ฒ35,000 8๐Ÿ’ก
Research points: 25 ๐Ÿ’ก (MAX: 64 ๐Ÿ’ก)
Purchase price: ๐Ÿ’ฒ100,000 (MAX:๐Ÿ’ฒ250,000)
Selling price: ๐Ÿ’ฒ70,000 (MAX:๐Ÿ’ฒ175,000)
Requirements: Rhinoceros + Turner mounting
OR
Whale + Large steam dome + Heat controller
Research: Cox piston + Best compound (17 ๐Ÿ’ก) ยป Falcon
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Esel - ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ ะžัะตะป - ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท ร‚ne - ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Osioล‚ek - ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Ezel - ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Oslรญk - ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ/๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Burro - ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Asino

Falcon 
Era 1 Long-haul engine
Tractive force: 3 (MAX: 4)
Flux compensator: +1 ๐Ÿ’ฒ75,000 15๐Ÿ’ก
Reliability: 50% (MAX: 70%)
Coupling wheel set: +20% ๐Ÿ’ฒ30,000 5๐Ÿ’ก
Acceleration: 1/20 (MAX: 3/20)
Heat controller: +1 ๐Ÿ’ฒ40,000 10๐Ÿ’ก
Slide box: +1 ๐Ÿ’ฒ35,000 7๐Ÿ’ก
Max. speed: 140 km/h (MAX: 160 km/h)
Control system: +20 km/h ๐Ÿ’ฒ50,000 6๐Ÿ’ก
Research points: 25 ๐Ÿ’ก (MAX: 68 ๐Ÿ’ก)
Purchase price: ๐Ÿ’ฒ120,000 (MAX:๐Ÿ’ฒ350,000)
Selling price: ๐Ÿ’ฒ84,000 (MAX:๐Ÿ’ฒ245,000)
Requirements: Donkey + Cox piston + Best compound
Research: Flux compensator + Heat controller (25 ๐Ÿ’ก) ยป Greyhound
AND
Control system (6 ๐Ÿ’ก) ยป Mole
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Falke - ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ ะกะพะบะพะป - ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Faucon - ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Sokรณล‚ - ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Valk - ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Sokol - ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ/๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Halcรณn - ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Falco

Mole 
Era 1 Marathoner
Tractive force: 4 (MAX: 5)
Superheater: +1 ๐Ÿ’ฒ80,000 14๐Ÿ’ก
Reliability: 70% (MAX: 90%)
Connecting rod bearing: +10% ๐Ÿ’ฒ30,000 5๐Ÿ’ก
Feed water heater: +10% ๐Ÿ’ฒ30,000 4๐Ÿ’ก
Acceleration: 3/20 (MAX: 5/20)
Feed dome: +2 ๐Ÿ’ฒ25,000 8๐Ÿ’ก
Max. speed: 70 km/h (MAX: 85 km/h)
Mass compensation: +15 km/h ๐Ÿ’ฒ60,000 12๐Ÿ’ก
Research points: 30 ๐Ÿ’ก (MAX: 73 ๐Ÿ’ก)
Purchase price: ๐Ÿ’ฒ150,000 (MAX:๐Ÿ’ฒ375,000)
Selling price: ๐Ÿ’ฒ105,000 (MAX:๐Ÿ’ฒ262,500)
Requirements: Falcon + Control system
Research: Feed dome + Superheater + Mass compensation + Connecting rod bearing + Feed water heater (43 ๐Ÿ’ก) ยป Coupling
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Maulwurf - ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ ะšั€ะพั‚ - ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Taupe - ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Kret - ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Mol - ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Krtek - ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ/๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Topo - ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Talpa

Red kite โœจ
Era 1 Cargo bonus engine
Tractive force: 5 (MAX: 6)
Ender axis: +1 100๐Ÿ’ฐ
Reliability: 95% (MAX: 100%)
Monaco 1 mounting: +5% 100๐Ÿ’ฐ
Acceleration: 6/20 (MAX: 10/20)
Beatwalker switch: +4 100๐Ÿ’ฐ
Max. speed: 95 km/h (MAX: 110 km/h)
Chrissione brake: +15 km/h 100๐Ÿ’ฐ
Purchase price: 2,500 ๐Ÿ’ฐ (MAX:2,900๐Ÿ’ฐ)
Requirements: Bought with Gold or won with Competition or Lottery
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Roter Milan - ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ ะšะพั€ัˆัƒะฝ - ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Milan royal - ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Kania ruda - ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Rode vlieger - ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Luลˆรกk - ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ/๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Cometa roja - ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Aquila rossa

Comparison of Cargo Engine Performance[]

Engine Slots Reliability Acceleration (/20) Speed km/h Tractive Force WSP ATS WSP-ATS WSP* Speed* Reliability*
Polluxโœจ (Era1) 1 20% 1 50 1 50 50 sec 0 43 43 86.67%
Swallow 1 70% 18 60 3 180 3.3 sec 177 171 57 95%
Raven 1 60% 7 70 4 280 10 sec 270 261 65 93.33%
Rhinoceros 1 50% 14 130 3 390 9.3 sec 381 358 119 91.67%
Donkey 1 40% 3 60 6 360 20 sec 340 324 54 90%
Falcon 1 70% 3 160 4 640 53.3 sec 587 608 152 95%
Mole 1 90% 5 85 5 425 17 sec 408 418 84 98.33%
Red kiteโœจ 1 100% 10 110 6 660 11 sec 649 660 110 100%
Primusโœจ (Era1) 1 95% 13 90 5 450 6.9 sec 443 446 89 99.17%
Polluxโœจ (Era2) 1 30% 4 80 4 320 20 sec 300 283 71 88.33%

Notes
The values are for fully upgraded engines.
(Bracketed) values show the value for the train instead of the sortable values that are per train slot.
*Red values indicate averages based on an 8 hour servicing schedule (All values are rounded but Reliability is to 2)


Passenger Trains[]

There are two passenger trains, plus a bonus train in this era. The Greyhound is the best of the non-bonus trains in terms of passengers/hour. However in era one it is usually only late in the era that passengers become transportable.

Whale ๐Ÿ‘ฅ
Era 1 Passenger train
Tractive force: 50 (MAX: 55)
Heat controller: +5 ๐Ÿ’ฒ25,000 7๐Ÿ’ก
Reliability: 70% (MAX: 85%)
Steam header: +15% ๐Ÿ’ฒ20,000 6๐Ÿ’ก
Acceleration: 1/20 (MAX: 2/20)
Large steam dome: +1 ๐Ÿ’ฒ30,000 9๐Ÿ’ก
Max. speed: 80 km/h (MAX: 95 km/h)
Safety valve: +15 km/h ๐Ÿ’ฒ35,000 10๐Ÿ’ก
Research points: 30 ๐Ÿ’ก (MAX: 62 ๐Ÿ’ก)
Purchase price: ๐Ÿ’ฒ100,000 (MAX:๐Ÿ’ฒ210,000)
Selling price: ๐Ÿ’ฒ70,000 (MAX:๐Ÿ’ฒ147,000)
Requirements: Raven + Ristics piston
Research: Large steam dome + Heat controller (16 ๐Ÿ’ก) ยป Donkey
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Wal - ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ ะšะธั‚ - ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Baleine - ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Wieloryb - ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Walvis - ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Velryba - ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ/๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Ballena - ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Balena

Greyhound ๐Ÿ‘ฅ
Era 1 Passenger train
Tractive force: 40 (MAX: 45)
Alex Paen lever: +5 ๐Ÿ’ฒ50,000 16๐Ÿ’ก
Reliability: 40% (MAX: 60%)
Connecting rod bearing: +20% ๐Ÿ’ฒ40,000 11๐Ÿ’ก
Acceleration: 15/20 (MAX: 20/20)
Alex64go steering: +5 ๐Ÿ’ฒ20,000 7๐Ÿ’ก
Max. speed: 160 km/h (MAX: 190 km/h)
Compound steam: +20 km/h ๐Ÿ’ฒ60,000 12๐Ÿ’ก
Augustus-O cylinder block: +10 km/h ๐Ÿ’ฒ40,000 7๐Ÿ’ก
Research points: 35 ๐Ÿ’ก (MAX: 88 ๐Ÿ’ก)
Purchase price: ๐Ÿ’ฒ200,000 (MAX:๐Ÿ’ฒ410,000)
Selling price: ๐Ÿ’ฒ140,000 (MAX:๐Ÿ’ฒ287,000)
Requirements: Falcon + Flux compensator + Heat controller
Research: Alex Paen lever + Compound steam + Augustus-O cylinder block + Alex64go steering + Connecting rod bearing (53 ๐Ÿ’ก) ยป Coupling

Dragonfly โœจ๐Ÿ‘ฅ
Era 1 Passenger bonus engine
Tractive force: 55 (MAX: 60)
Justine coupling: +5 100๐Ÿ’ฐ
Reliability: 95% (MAX: 100%)
Franziskus bearing: +5% 100๐Ÿ’ฐ
Acceleration: 10/20 (MAX: 15/20)
Paulfanta pipe: +5 100๐Ÿ’ฐ
Max. speed: 150 km/h (MAX: 170 km/h)
August D Starke spring: +20 km/h 100๐Ÿ’ฐ
Purchase price: 2,500 ๐Ÿ’ฐ (MAX:2,900๐Ÿ’ฐ)
Requirements: Bought with Gold or won with Competition or Lottery
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Libelle - ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ ะกั‚ั€ะตะบะพะทะฐ - ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Libellule - ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Waลผka - ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Waterjuffer - ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ ล รญdlo - ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ/๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Libรฉlula - ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Libellula

Comparison of Passenger Engine Performance[]

Engine Slots Reliability Acceleration (/20) Speed km/h Tractive Force WSP ATS WSP-ATS WSP* Speed* Reliability*
Whale๐Ÿ‘ฅ 1 85% 2 95 55 5225 47.5 sec 5178 5094 93 97.5%
Greyhound๐Ÿ‘ฅ 1 60% 20 190 45 8550 9.5 sec 8541 7980 177 93.33%
Dragonfly๐Ÿ‘ฅโœจ 1 100% 15 170 60 10200 11.3 sec 10189 10200 170 100%

Notes
The values are for fully upgraded engines.
(Bracketed) values show the value for the train instead of the sortable values that are per train slot.
*Red values indicate averages based on an 8 hour servicing schedule (All values are rounded but Reliability is to 2)


Era 2 โ€“ Coupling[]

The Era 1 engines can carry Era 2 goods with use of the coupling, costing 40 research pts., and requiring a fully researched Mole or Greyhound. The minimal complete cost of coupling is 240 RP, but may be as much as 292 depending on the route taken through the research tree.

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